FCC: Cable Companies Must Defend Confidentiality of Pricing Info
Comes in response to FOIA request for cable price data dating back to 1998
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/19/2012 1:21:57 PM
The cable companies have routinely sought confidentiality for that info, but the FCC points out that those requests are still pending, so cable operators who believe the data should be withheld from public disclosure because it is proprietary and commercially sensitive will have to make that case anew.
The request is for covers pricing from 1998 to 2012.
The FCC notice came in response to a FOIA request from Ali Yurukoglu, an assistant professor of economics at Stanford currently researching "the effects of bundling and vertical mergers in the cable and satellite television industry."
Retail Price or Cost? Shouldn't be a big secret - unless it is 'Cost' and the behemoths are the ones crying foul. The FCC should make the content providers (Fox, Disney, NBC, Viacom, Discovery, Scripps) provide the information on an MVPD by MVPD basis in the spirit of full disclosure. Let the public decide if they have been treated fairly - forced to pay for services they don't want - paying more because of the location of their home - subsidizing lower rates offered the likes of Comcast and Time Warner. Get busy FCC there is a great story here to be told and the public has every right to be judge and jury.
Quigley Spargus - 11/20/2012 12:36:12 PM EST
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